Dakshina Palli turns 15 years old on July 31, 2019

Dakshina Palli, Inc./The School an educational and cultural organization was founded in 2004 by Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Jaan R. Freeman a (disciple of Smt. Nandini Ramani & Smt. Priyamvada Sankar, senior disciples of T.Balasaraswati). Dakshina maintains its strict teaching of the Adavus and the deeply expressive connection between the sahitya (poetic text) and the music. Dakshina Palli’s  mission is to preserve and perpetuate  the Bharatanatyam lineage of the legendary late great  dancer Tanjore Balasaraswati.Dakshina Palli  is one of three organizations in the USA whose sole mission is to preserve this lineage. The tradition of the Balasaraswati lineage is a family tradition of music and dance which goes back some 250 years yet is in gradual danger of becoming lost. Dakshina’s mission is achieved through ongoing classes, workshops, student recitals, concerts ( such as Bharata Natyam /For New Audiences~ BNFNA) and master classes. Our classes reach out to children, adults, men, women, Indians and non-Indians alike, who find an  interest in Bharatanatyam.

Dakshina Palli admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights,privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.It does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and other school-administered programs.



Senior Student: Priyanka Pendharkar and Mr. Freeman during her Arangetram on 7/25/19